Specialty Class Instructors

Jason Metevia

Jason is teaching acro techniques at Gulfshore Ballet. He was a college cheerleader in Michigan for 4 years and served as the tumbling and stunt coach for a competitive varsity high school cheerleading squad. 

After moving to Florida, he became a cheerleading coach at Bishop Verot Catholic High School. He coached there for three years, taking on responsibilities from freshmen all the way to varsity head coach. Jason has also been a co-head coach of the varsity cheerleading team at Fort Myers High School. Jason has also taught beginner through advanced acro/gymnastics at a local dance studio. 

He has been helping athletes reach their goals of fitness, flexibility, strength and tumbling for a number of years and is excited to bring his expertise to our studio and help Gulfshore Ballet dancers achieve their goals.

Elise Kaplovitz, THE MOVEMENT SPECIALIST

My name is Elise Kaplovitz, and I am The Movement Specialist. I have enjoyed a 30 year career as professional dancer, teacher, choreographer, student and observer.
After a knee injury, I was introduced to Core Dynamics Pilates. In 2001, I was fortunate to study and certify with Michelle Larsson, who worked with Eve Gentry, an original student of Joseph Pilates, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. I have also taken workshops with her, focusing on special issues related to scoliosis. It was during this time that I delved into the study of the biomechanics of movement and the rehabilitation thereof.
When I was initially exposed to the GYROTONIC®Expansion System and met Magali Messac, renowned Master Trainer in the GYROTONIC® Methodology, I was enticed by the addition of energetic openings through movement. I continued working with Magali and certified in both GYROTONIC® and GYROKINESIS® with its creator, Juliu Horvath in 2003. I have continued training with the system, as it applies to therapy related to the pelvis girdle, with Paul Horvath in Rome, Italy in 2006.

Amy Marie McCleary

Amy Marie McCleary is currently the resident director/choreographer for Prather Entertainment Group where she has staged over fifty productions as either choreographer or director/choreographer. Most recently she directed and choreographed the 2015 National Tour of Memphis the Musical. She also choreographed the 2010 National Tour of  The Wedding Singer. Other favorite directing/choreographing credits include The Music Man, Footloose, I Love A Piano, Hairspray, 9 to 5 (regional premiere), CATS, Joseph...Dreamcoat, Ain’t Misbehavin’ Spamalot (regional premiere), Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical and Some Enchanted Evening. Amy received her BFA from  NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, attending CAP21 the musical theatre training studio where she studied the works of great Broadway choreographers including Fosse, Robbins, Tune, DeMille and Champion.  In high school Amy trained under Keith Martin with Ballet California in the R.A.D. technique. She originated the role of “The Vamp” in his original ballet, Ballet Big Band. As a musical theatre performer Amy has starred in numerous musicals including Chicago (Velma), Damn Yankees (Lola), Cats (BombalurinaThe Pajama Game (Gladys) and Cinderella (Joy). Her choreographic style combines ballet and Fosse technique with elements of hip hop and contemporary. 

Patricia Perez, Power Pilates Certified instructor

Ms. Patricia was trained at the National School of Ballet in Havana, Cuba and the ProDanza School of Ballet under the direction of Laura Alonzo. In 1998 she came to the States and was offer a job as a ballet dancer.  

 
She has been a member of prestigious dance companies including Ballet San Jose Silicon Valley, Cleveland Ballet both under the direction of Dennis Nahat, Company C (Contemporary Ballet), and San Francisco Ballet.

Ms. Patricia started practicing Pilates in 2005 to gain strength, stability and recover from injuries She kept doing Pilates through out her career as a dancer. In 2008 she decided to become a certified teacher and went trough the training. 
Ms. Patricia truly believes in the method of Joseph Pilates and she is thankful that she is able to teach and extends her knowledge to others. Pilates not only improves overall health, but facilitates a sense of strength, and confidence that trickles over into everyday tasks and experiences.

 
Ms. Patricia has work as a Pilate’s instructor for Yoga Works, Purely Pilates, and Physical Innovation while living in California, and Beyond Motion, Mediterra, Wyndemere, Quail West, and Naples Dance Conservatory in Naples, Florida.

 

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